Assembling on the Boise Greenbelt near 13th Street and Shoreline Boulevard Wednesday, hundreds of participants turned out to take part in Boise's contribution to the international Walk to London 2012 event.
The community event was designed to simulate walking the entirety of the 5,456 miles between Los Angeles and London, the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games. Both Los Angeles and London have hosted the games twice, and in 63 days, London will host the games for the third time.
Each participating community establishes a route for participants to walk, and the Boise arm chose a 1.13-mile stretch ending at the Grove Plaza during the presentation of the teams competing in the Exergy Tour.
There, the Boise Highlanders bagpipers led the group into the tree-lined plaza, finishing at the foot of the Exergy stage. Ladies cycling's first Olympic Gold Medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney and sports announcer Dave Towle told the audience about the importance of the women's cycling competition to the 2012 Olympic games.
"This is the largest women's bicycling race outside the Olympics on the planet this year," said Towle.
With her gold medal in hand, Carpenter-Phinney said that with the games in sight, the competition would be stiff.
"Everybody knows that in an Olympic year, the stakes are higher and everybody's form is better," she said.